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709 AIRLIFT SQUADRON (AFRC)

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Lineage.   Constituted as 709 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 Apr 1943.  Activated on 1 May 1943.  Redesignated as 709 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 Aug 1943.  Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945.   Redesignated as 709 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 24 Oct 1947.  Activated in the Reserve on 10 Nov 1947.  Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.  Redesignated as 709 Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 19 Jun 1973.  Activated in the Reserve on 1 Oct 1973.  Redesignated as: 709 Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992; 709 Airlift Squadron on 1 Oct 1994. 
     
Assignments.  447 Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943-7 Nov 1945.  447 Bombardment Group, 10 Nov 1947-27 Jun 1949.  512 Military Airlift (later, 512 Airlift) Wing, 1 Oct 1973; 512 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-.

Stations.  Ephrata AAB, WA, 1 May 1943; Rapid City AAB, SD, 13 Jun 1943; Harvard AAFld, NE, 1 Aug-11 Nov 1943; Rattlesden, England, 1 Dec 1943-c. 3 Aug 1945; Drew Field, FL, 18 Aug-7 Nov 1945.  Bergstrom Field (later, Bergstrom AFB), TX, 10 Nov 1947-27 Jun 1949.  Dover AFB, DE, 1 Oct 1973-.  

Commanders.  Maj Lloyd W. Sheppard, 31 May 1943; Lt Col Robert G. David, 5 Feb 1944-unkn.  Unkn, 10 Nov 1947-27 Jun 1949.  Lt Col William J. Cox, 1 Oct 1973; Lt Col Stanley Schneider, 17 Jun 1974; Lt Col George A. Resh, 27 Feb 1976; Lt Col Michael A. Melvin, 5 Jun 1978; Lt Col Ralph H. Oates, 6 Feb 1983; Lt Col Russell E. Mullen, 30 Sep 1986; Lt Col Gary E. Davis, 9 Sep 1989; Lt Col Quentin Smith, 1 Jul 1992; Lt Col James W. Schultz Jr., 1 Feb 1993; Lt Col Warren J. Wetherbee, 24 Jul 1993; Lt Col Robert A. Bell Jr., 24 Aug 1996; Lt Col Robert C. Richardson IV, 21 Apr 2001; Lt Col James R. Lackey, Aug 2008; Lt Col Terri Cave, Jun 2011-.

Aircraft.   B-17, 1943-1945.  Unkn, 1947-1949.  C-5, 1973-.

Operations.  Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 24 Dec 1943-21 Apr 1945.  Trained in the Reserve for bombardment operations, 1947-1949.  Since 1973, trained for and flew airlift missions, participating in exercises and global humanitarian and contingency operations.   Supported Operations Allied Force and Southern Watch, 1998-1999; Global War on Terrorism after 11 Sep 2001.  

Service Streamers.  None.

Campaign Streamers.  World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
  
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  Panama, 1989-1990.  

Decorations.  Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2005.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 13 Oct-14 Nov 1973; 1 Jan 1974-30 Apr 1975; 1 May 1975-31 May 1976; 1 Jun 1976-31 May 1978; 1 Jun 1978-31 May 1979; 1 Jan 1988-30 Jun 1989; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Sep 1996-31 Aug 1998; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2008-30 Sep 2010.   
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 23 Jan 2013.

Commanders through Jun 2011; Aircraft, and Operations through Sep 2001.

Supersedes statement prepared on 21 Jun 2001.

Emblem.  Approved on 29 Sep 1980; newest rendition approved on 15 Oct 2008.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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